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Jork Municipality (Germany)

Gemeinde Jork, Landkreis Stade, Lower Saxony

Last modified: 2017-11-11 by klaus-michael schneider
Keywords: jork | swanhead | spade | schwurhand |
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[Jork municipal flag] 3:5 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 26 July 2017 See also:

Current Flag

Description of current flag:
The flag's ratio is 3:5. It is a red-white-red horizontal triband with ratio of stripes 1:3:1. The coat of arms is in the white stripe and shifted to the hoist. Local Hauptsatzung just mentions colours.
Sources: this online catalogue and §2(2) of Hauptsatzung of Jork Municipality, version 20 June 2017
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 26 July 2017

Coat of Arms

Description of coat of arms:
Shield parted per fess; above Azure two gable shelves Argent in saltire, crowned at top by swan heads; beneath Argent a trapezium shaped base Vert, issuant from base a spade Gules in pale, flanked by two oath hands (hands with two embowed fingers and three upright fingers, German: Schwurhand) Gules.
Meaning:
The shelves are referring to local farmhouses. Spade and base are symbolising impoldering. The hands are taken from the old arms of Jork.
Sources: §2(1) of Hauptsatzung of Jork Municipality, version 20 June 2017
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 26 July 2017

Old Coat of Arms

[Jork old CoA] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 26 July 2017

Description of coat of arms:
Shield Gules three oath hands Argent ordered 2:1.
Meaning:
Jork had been seat of an own county, which had been dissolved in 1932. Furthermore it had been seat of the so called Three-Jurymen-Court, which had been the supreme court of the Altes Land district from 1566 to 1832. Chairman was the "Count" of Altes Land, a rich farmer elected by the local people, with 71 assessors.
Source: Stadler 1970, p.52
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 26 July 2017


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